AIDS2014 Conference: Despite Progress, Stigma and Discrimination Still Persist

August 2014 | WITNESS Senior Program Director Bukeni Waruzi recently returned from the AIDS2014 Conference in Melbourne, Australia. The conference brought together  approximately 12,000 researchers, academics, pharmacists, policy-makers and patients to discuss the persistent challenges extending support to patients, enacting effective government policies and the progress towards finding a of finding a cure for AIDS.

During this conference, Bukeni conducted trainings which used the Conducting Safe, Effective and Ethical Interviews with Survivors of Sexual and Gender-Based Violence guide. Participants also learned about how to conduct interviews with survivors using mobile phones.

The practice and the information were hands-on and very applicable in the kind of work I do in my organization; I didn’t know until today that [using video] was quite simple and really useful”    -Tebogo Mokganyetji from South Africa


Bukeni also recorded and interview with Dr. Anasua Bagchi of India’s Hindustan Latex Family Planning Promotion Trust (HLFPPT), who briefly spoke about their work with Indian sex workers and the challenges they face.


You can read the full article in the Witness Blog here.